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Manika Batra omitted from India's squad for Asian TT

Last updated on: September 15, 2021 20:47 IST

Sharath Kamal and Sutirtha Mukherjee will lead the men's and women's teams respectively.

Manika Batra

IMAGE: Olympian Manika Batra was omitted from India’s squad for the Asian TT Championships as she did not attend the mandatory per-tournament preparation camp. Photograph: Jono Searle/Getty Images

Star paddler Manika Batra was left out of India's squad for the Asian Table Tennis Championships, beginning September 28 in Doha, after failing to attend the mandatory National camp in Sonepat.

In the absence of the world No. 56-ranked player, 97th-ranked Sutirtha Mukherjee will lead the women's team. The other members are Ayhika Mukherjee (ranked 131) and Archana Kamath (132).

 

Veteran Sharath Kamal (ranked 33) will spearhead the men's challenge in the company of G Sathiyan (38), Harmeet Desai (72), Manav Thakkar (134) and Sanil Shetty (247). 

Powerhouse China is not taking part in the event, raising medal hopes in the men's team event, which includes singles and doubles competition.

The Table Tennis Federation of India had made it clear that any player not attending the camp will not be considered for selection. The team was picked on Wednesday and subsequently published on the TTFI's website.

The federation has made attendance at camps compulsory after the Tokyo Olympics.

Manika had informed the federation that she would like to continue training with her personal coach in Pune.

The Khel Ratna awardee had made match-fixing allegations against National coach Soumydeep Roy, saying he asked her to throw a match during the Olympic qualifiers.

The TTFI has formed an inquiry panel to probe the allegations. 

Sathiyan, Desai and Sutirtha joined the national camp late due to different reasons. Sathiyan was playing in Poland, Harmeet was in Germany while Sutirtha was down with fever.

Teams:

Men's singles: Manav Thakkar, Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty.

Men's doubles: Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan; Manav Thakkar and Harmeet Desai.

Women's singles: Sutirtha Mukherjee, Sreeja Akula, Ayhika Mukherjee, Archana Kamath.

Women's doubles: Archana Kamath and Sreeja Akula; Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee.

Mixed doubles: Manav Thakkar and Archana Kamath; Harmeet Desai and Sreeja Akula.

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